Library Services

In addition to offering study rooms and carrels for our patrons, we also provide cozy seating areas for patrons of all ages.

The Howard Miller Public Library is pleased to offer materials in a variety of formats, as well as services for all ages. Programming for the Youth Department includes story times, family movie nights, craft programs, summer reading clubs, and other special programs. For adults, the library offers computer classes, tech help, and adult programming classes such as soap making or essential oil seminars. Please call for more specific details.

Services Offered at the Library

  • Curbside Holds Pick-Up
    • This complimentary service is designed to make your life easier. There's no need to wake sleeping children, battle for a parking spot or navigate an icy lot with HMPL's new Curbside Holds Pick-Up service!
    • Curbside Pick-Up parking spot is located on Church Street in front of the library doors.
  • Reference questions answered in person, by phone, or by email
  • Private Computer Classes
  • Help with your device
    • Don't know how to set up your new Kindle or NOOK? How about a Smartphone? We have a technology aide that can help! Her hours are: 
      Tuesdays - Noon - 8:00 PM
      Wednesdays - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      Fridays - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      Second Saturdays of the Month - 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      Appointments can be made through email or phone (only on the days listed above). Email her at 
  • Public Access Computers
    • Patrons may sign in with a library card or guest pass. If you have forgotten your library card or do not have a one, a guest pass can be issued to you. 
    • Internet access 
    • Microsoft Office programs available: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
    • Computers are first come first serve and can be used for 60 minutes at a time. 
    • Public access computers are turned off 15 minutes prior to closing. 
    • Keyword Searchable digitized Zeeland record with printing capabilities
    • Genealogy and local history collection
    • is available for free on our computers
  • In-House Laptop Lending
    • For ages 18 and older
    • State ID required for use
    • Only available if all public access computers are in use
    • Laptops must stay in the library at all times
    • Laptops may be borrowed for up to 4 hours
    • Laptops have Internet access and Microsoft Office
  • Photocopying
    • Black and white:
      • $0.20 for 8 1/2 by 11 inches, per side
      • $0.30 for 11 by 17 inches, per side
    • Color:
      • $0.50 per side
  • Scanning documents to email is free but we must assist you

  • Magnifying Machine is available for vision impaired patrons. Machine is simple to use and staff can assist if needed. 

  • DVD Collection including feature films, children’s titles, and non-fiction titles

  • Magazine Collection available in library and digitally

  • Newspapers:
    • Detroit Free Press 
    • Grand Rapids Press
    • Holland Sentinel 
    • Wall Street Journal
    • USA Today 
    • Zeeland Record
  • Access to books and materials at public, college and university across the state.  This is also where you can access databases for academic and general information!

  • Online Catalog that allows users to access their patron information from home and to request items from other libraries within the Lakeland Library Cooperative

  • Vertical file containing information about local businesses and local history

  • 2 group study rooms and 2 tutoring rooms available 
Rules for Study Rooms:
  1. The purpose of the library's study rooms is to provide space for study and/or collaborative work. 
  2. Study Rooms are not used for social functions or "for profit" groups soliciting of selling products or services (including party home sales, or professional services.) 
  3. Study Rooms are for adults (18 years of age or older) or children being tutored by an adult with the adults present at all times. 
  4. Study Rooms are not to be used as a depository for personal items. Those who use the study room must occupy them. The library is not responsible for personal items left in the room. Items left in an unoccupied room will be considered abandoned and staff may remove them if left longer than 15 mins.
  5. Study rooms are available free of charge and are open during library hours. They close 15 mins before the library closes. They are available on a first come, first serve basis. No Reservations. 
  6. Study Rooms are 2 hours of guaranteed time. However, if there is someone waiting, you may be asked to vacate the room after your two hours. 
  7. Maximum number of persons allowed in a study room:
Study Room 1: 2 people
Study Room 2: 6 people
Study Room 3: 6 people
Study Room 4: 2 people

8.It is not permissible to write on the clear glass in the study rooms.  
For other related services, see a staff member for pricing.

The Howard Miller Library offers patrons the option of easy, user friendly self-checkout using MK-Solutions Software on a large touch screen monitor.

Updated: January 3, 2020